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Jaylon Sherrell, MBA

Organizational Behavior PhD Student

Employees - Identity - Technology

About Me

I am a 2nd year Organizational Behavior PhD student at Harvard Business School. My current research interests include how employees' experiences, identities, and interactions are shaped and adjusted when working within digital environments. 


Leveraging qualitative and quantitative approaches, I have gained experience working on several research projects, as well as the opportunity to present for entities including the Academy of Management (AOM), Western Academy of Management (WAM) and Southern Management Association (SMA).


Much of my research has been informed by my years of industry experience within the Human Capital and Workforce Management technology industry. Hereby, I have had the privilege of working on projects and campaigns with numerous Fortune 500 clientele in several different industries.


Prior to now, I have earned two separate Bachelor’s degrees in Marketing and Communications with a minor in Spanish language, as well as an MBA degree.

Research & CV


Jaylon Sherrell sitting and smiling within a park with leaves and trees surrounding her.

My research 
interests currently aim to address the following topics:

  • The intersection of digital environments (i.e., social virtual worlds, virtual reality) and employees' behavior in the organization. ​

  • How employees create and manage their digital identities...

    • platform-to-platform

    • within social virtual worlds/virtual reality

    • in relation to complements and tensions with their physical selves.

  • How employees' digital identities guide perceptions and interactions.

Highlighted Research In-Progress:


  • Sherrell, J. “Plugged In: Examining Multiple Identities in the Context of Virtual Work.” (Working Title).

    • Data Collection In-Progress

  • Sherrell, J., Feldberg, A.*, Chang, E.* “Misaligned Digital and Physical Identities” (Working Title). (Note: *No specific order of authorship)

    • Data Collection In-Progress

  • Tang, P.M., Sherrell, J., Matthew, M. & Feng, Z. "Artificial Intelligence and the Workplace" (Working Title)

    • Final Writing Stage

  • Javadizadeh, B., Miles, J., Sherrell, J., & Amirian, M. Why good employees do bad things: The dark side of engaging in impression management motivated OCB.

    • Under Review

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